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    Looking for a little help regarding gardening!! I want to do the back garden in the next few months, which will consist of taking up the existing lawn, vegetable patch and concrete path. I'm taking up the existing lawn because it's uneven, the previous owners were green fingered and had a fairly large veg patch.

    I'm going to hire a mini power digger to take up the veg patch and the existing lawn. Sledgehammer to the small path and that should leave me with a pretty blank canvas.

    What i don't know is how far down i need to dig and what should i cover the earth with in order to get a level surface and a good foundation for the new lawn to grow with???

    I'm going to put a bit of decking and put put back a nicer path.

    any advice on this little project will be very welcomed - including suppliers of cheap material

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    u only need to take the top 2 inch or so, then u need to dig over the soil to airrate it rake it till soil is fine removing stones.

    Then flatten the soil with your feet walking up and down keeping your feet together like charlie chaplin rake it again just lightly cover with 2 inch of top soil u can get from any good garden centre again tread it in and rake lighty,now its ready.

    u can either seed or turf i would turf as u get a better result quicker, as for decking u better asking i wouldnt use decking if your garden is a damp garden if not then have your decking facing south that way it wont rot as quick and will last years longer.

    dont know it theres a http://www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk near u but they do good decking better quality that B&Q but any local garden centre will stock decking.

    dont know if u got kids or wot but if not shindle makes a great garden path or try crazy paving.

    good luck in your project and ofcourse piccys are a must.

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    thanks for the advice yorkshireborn

    our garden is south facing so the decking should hopefully not rot away anytime soon

    need to get myself down to the local garden centre and price up how much everything is going to cost.

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    my freind did decking in his garden 12foot by 10foot and cost him over 700 notes.

    i got 2 ton of top soil for motherinlaws garden 15foot wide 30 foot long that cost me 55 quid and that wasnt enough needed double 4 ton. so got that to do in april / may.

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    H..

    one of my contacts, local to GG infact, supplys decking at trade prices....

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    I've no experience of growing a lawn, but I built a 4m square deck at our old house (and as usual I over engineered it) and that cost £310 iirc - got the timber and decking from Buildbase.

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    will keep it in mind Mark - cheers

    whereabouts is buildbase Juzzy - may come in handy for other material too

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